British Grand Prix: Hamilton unhappy with big events clash

Tanya Simon
July 13, 2019

Lewis Hamilton has pointed the finger at the organisers of the British Grand Prix, fearing his bid for a record sixth win could be overshadowed by Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup final.

Hamilton has five wins at the race, all scored at Silverstone, matching the tallies of Jim Clark and Alain Prost.

Mercedes have won eight of the first nine races, losing out in the last race in Austria because the hot conditions exposed the car's cooling limitations. A further triumph at Silverstone is unlikely to be the biggest draw of the day, however. "I really don't understand it". This is such a special weekend it needs the focus of the whole country. I think people will be switching between channels on Sunday not sure what to watch.

Pushed on what those agreements are, Grant added: "We are not going to get into any of our commercial arrangements, but we think there is room two races to coexist side by side as long as they have sufficient separation in time and as long as our commercial interests are recognised in some reasonably flexible way".

"It's the most special because you have your family around supporting you".

On the eve of the British GP, the Ferrari driver admitted that Silverstone's new five-year race contract is "fabulous news" for Formula 1. "If I'm not, if I stop racing, then I won't be here in any other capacity".

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For Hamilton, now in his 13th season in F1, the race still retained particular resonance. Just one month ago, Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle raised concerns about the threat a London Grand Prix might have on ticket sales for the British Grand Prix, but as part of the new agreement F1 is free to continue negotiations with London. It really is a spectacular weekend. It's a special weekend, there's excitement, adrenaline.

Hamilton and Bottas both have three poles apiece in 2019.

Verstappen's performance in Spielberg led Red Bull team principal Christian Horner to raise eyebrows by declaring the Dutchman as the sport's finest driver, adding he would beat Hamilton in identical machinery.

Vettel went off at Maggots and bounced across the grass, while Hamilton similarly went wide into the run-off area at Becketts, an error matched by Norris on his first soft tire lap. "It felt quick around the corners and there's plenty of corners in Silverstone, so that's a good thing".

"It would be disappointing if he retired before I had a chance to race him", he said.

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